After leaving Bitterroot Lake, we took Rio home and then drove over to Smith Lake so I could take photos of all the birds we could find. We took the back way from Whalebone Drive. This was a dirt road for much of the way, so it was dusty, but it was better for bird-watching.
First, we saw these colorful little Tree Swallows visiting with each other on a fence.
I love their iridescent feathers!
We parked at the small boat launching area, where we saw a Great Blue Heron fishing nearby.
There was a male Mallard in the foreground. We couldn’t tell whether he was sitting on a nest or was only resting.
We drove a little farther on and saw another Great Blue Heron. Smith Lake probably has lots of herons.
After the heron flew off, we drove on and I noticed a rare Wood Duck swimming around.
I’m glad to have a telephoto lens on my camera, but I’ve found that I need an even stronger one. Maybe I’ll look into an extender so I don’t need to buy a whole new lens.
We drove over the bridge and started to head home when I saw what looked like a Sandhill Crane. I asked Bill to stop again. He dropped me off along the bike path while he drove off to get some gas.
I could really use that extender right about now…
As I was watching, what I thought was another crane flew into the scene in the background. I finally saw that it was another heron. They’re all over the place! But I love them!
The crane moved off, so I walked on down the bike path. I noticed some horses across the road. I got some good shots while waiting for Bill to come back and pick me up.
And here’s the final photo of the day. I waited until I had the perfect shot.
I had a great Mother’s Day!